November 30, 2009

Honduras Holds Presidential Election...Chavez And Obama Hit Hardest
— DrewM

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The brave people of Honduras looked a want to be socialist dictator in the eye and said no. Actually, they said, "Hell NO!"

A conservative rancher named Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo took the Honduran presidency in elections Sunday, five months after the country's last elected president was forced out of the country at gunpoint. Now Hondurans must wait to see if the international community, which has been divided over the crisis, accepts the winner as legitimate.

The results gave Mr. Lobo 56% of the vote, well ahead of Liberal Party candidate Elvin Santos at 38%, confirming voters' expected punishment of the Liberals -- party of both the deposed president and the interim government that ousted him.

While the small Central American nation is expected to get crucial support from the U.S., it will likely continue to face opposition from regional heavyweights such as Brazil and Argentina. The U.S., in agreeing to accept the winner, is now in a delicate position -- with Brazil, for example, which is housing exiled leader Manuel Zelaya in its Honduran embassy and recognizes him as president.

About 61% of Hondurans voted, and turnout, which was up from 2005, was seen as a crucial factor in persuading more countries to back the vote. The turnout was a loss for Mr. Zelaya, who had urged supporters to boycott the election. After the vote, Mr. Zelaya condemned the elections on CNN saying: "Absenteeism triumphed. ... These elections don't correct the coup d'etat."

Whatever Sparky, go to Brazil or Venezuela and party with your buddies. You're done in your own country.

It's amazing that the idea that the US will recognize the winner of this election is actually news (and surprisingly good news). That shows just how far off course we've gone in less than 10 months. Obama's reaction to the Honduran crisis is a black mark on our country bu all of that is a story for another day.

Today the story is the people of Honduras.

It reminds me of something Jefferson didn't say.

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.


Congratulations to Honduras for saving your democracy. For now.

Posted by: DrewM at 05:32 AM | Comments (82)
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1
Yay, Pepe!

Posted by: Scopes, the talking monkey at November 30, 2009 05:34 AM (z37MR)

2 Even FN has joined the MSM in twisting this election.

TG for the internet.

Posted by: non_dhimmie at November 30, 2009 05:34 AM (cFwGO)

3
Santos' campaign slogan: Change For A Better Life

I think "change" has jumped the shark.

Posted by: Scopes, the talking monkey at November 30, 2009 05:35 AM (z37MR)

4

Whatever Sparky, go to Brazil or Venezuela or the U.S. and party with your buddies. You're done in your own country.

 

FTFY

Posted by: yinzer at November 30, 2009 05:38 AM (B+WjJ)

5 Let's' hope this is a omen for things to come. Perhaps Chavez can open an old dictator's home.

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 05:41 AM (4tf69)

6 Something tells me The Stupid isn't over in TEGUCIGALPA; I hope Lobo has some good security guards.

Posted by: ParisParamus at November 30, 2009 05:42 AM (VKn7o)

7

 

Posted by: huerfano at November 30, 2009 05:42 AM (vtuZz)

8

Is it time for "Contras 2--Electrico Bugalu", and the toppling of the goon Chavez? No doubt the same symp-dupes who fellated the Sandinistas en masse will suck Chavez's member too.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at November 30, 2009 05:43 AM (ujg0T)

9

Looks like I had nothing to say.

Posted by: huerfano at November 30, 2009 05:43 AM (vtuZz)

10

Lobo.

Will the wolf survive?

Praying that he will.

Posted by: Hexenkessel at November 30, 2009 05:44 AM (mI11M)

11 Another failed election by Obama

Posted by: wHodat at November 30, 2009 05:44 AM (+sBB4)

12 Sean Penn's having a grand mal hissy fit as we speak:

"No, dude, I'm totally breaking out the red cup, man! It's on!!

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at November 30, 2009 05:45 AM (aC0uO)

13 One and you're done. No surprise that a region known for dictators would limit executive power.

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2009 05:49 AM (4Kl5M)

14

>> It reminds me of something Jefferson didn't say.

Welll, yeah, I didn't say that, exactly, I just told Jay you gotta keep your head on a swivel when you find yourself in a vicious cockfight.

Practically the same thing.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at November 30, 2009 05:53 AM (WvXvd)

15 Congratulations to Honduras for standing strong in the face of all of the pressure put on them by the commie chumps around the world.

Posted by: TheQuietman at November 30, 2009 05:53 AM (1Jaio)

16

Actually, they said, "Hell, NO!"

Too bad this wasn't also a referendum on the question "Do you give a rat's ass what the idiot President of the United States thinks about the legitimacy of your elections?"

Hmmmm, come to think of it, maybe it was.

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2009 05:53 AM (iXWYc)

17 Now Hondurans must wait to see if the international community, which has been divided over the crisis, accepts the winner as legitimate.

That is some serious WTF statement there.

It is NOT up to "the rest of the world" to determine if their election is legitimate.  When I saw that statement I immediately thought "here we go, another AP article full of shit".  Instead it is a WSJ article full of shit.

It's amazing that the idea that the US will recognize the winner of this election is actually news (and surprisingly good news).

Has the U.S. acknowledged it???

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:54 AM (CDUiN)

18 Obama's reaction to the Honduran crisis is a black mark on our country



Racist!

Posted by: HHKIRST at November 30, 2009 05:57 AM (DUwm4)

19 Don't worry, Zelaya. You'll always be "President-For-Life" in my heart.

- Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez

Posted by: Techie at November 30, 2009 05:58 AM (cxW4X)

20

"Has the U.S. acknowledged it???"

I acknowledge that my countries last election was fuckin stupid.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at November 30, 2009 05:58 AM (SqAkN)

21
It reminds me of something Jefferson didn't say.

I think he did say that, though.  To Weezie and Flo.  Or maybe it was Lionel, I forget.

Posted by: Dang Straights at November 30, 2009 06:03 AM (Haq+B)

22 My compliments on the headline.

Posted by: RushBabe at November 30, 2009 06:08 AM (LKkE8)

23 Viva Honduras! Viva Pepe!

Posted by: Rocks at November 30, 2009 06:09 AM (Q1lie)

24

It was a coup! A coup I tell you!

Posted by: Carlesh Jhonnos at November 30, 2009 06:10 AM (9Sbz+)

25 It's amazing that the idea that the US will recognize the winner of this election is actually news (and surprisingly good news).

Who's to say that the US will accept the election results?  As Jefferson said, in Stuff Jefferson Said, 5th ed., All Obama's statements come with an expiration date.  (Or Geraghty, one or the other.)

Incidentally, what's up with Brazil?  Honduras has a one-and-done term limit for presidents.  Zelaya was due to be out in January anyway.  Are they going to keep claiming he's the legitimate president come February, or are they gonna start charging him rent for crashing in their embassy's basement?

Posted by: VKI at November 30, 2009 06:13 AM (LZK9H)

26 Is it great that democracy worked here but the exit polls were a little frightening.
Apparently Lobo won 91% of the womens' vote because they thought he was the cute werewolf from the new Twilight movie: New Moon.

Posted by: Rocks at November 30, 2009 06:14 AM (Q1lie)

27 Is it great that democracy worked here but the exit polls were a little frightening.
Apparently Lobo won 91% of the womens' vote because they thought he was the cute werewolf from the new Twilight movie: New Moon.

That's nothing -- the men voted for him because they thought he was the Claude Akins character from "BJ and the Bear".

Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 30, 2009 06:15 AM (ZJ/un)

28

Way to go Dallas, er, Honduras!!

Sorry, watched Red October last night.

Posted by: teej at November 30, 2009 06:19 AM (c459z)

29 Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 30, 2009 11:15 AM (ZJ/un)

Mmmmm, Judy Landers. I wondered just how many times Robert Urich nailed her while working on Vega$

Posted by: Rocks at November 30, 2009 06:21 AM (Q1lie)

30 Good old Drewsie. Rightwing Central American dictatorships make you wet.

The elections were unmonitored, fool.

But who cares about democracy?

Posted by: Ramn Villeda Morales at November 30, 2009 06:21 AM (u6zet)

31 There's an interesting question: What's Mel gonna do now?

I've got a ten-spot says he goes to Venezuela, via Brazil.

Posted by: mojo at November 30, 2009 06:23 AM (g1cNf)

32 Nice job, Obama. Not only is the Socialist president ousted, you also got his party ousted. Now, get to work on us here in your adopted country!

Posted by: t-bird at November 30, 2009 06:24 AM (FcR7P)

33 Posted by: Ramón Villeda Morales at November 30, 2009 11:21 AM (u6zet)

Good ol' Ergie. Got nothin' and proud of it.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at November 30, 2009 06:26 AM (aC0uO)

34 Glad to see that the grand ideals of America's Founding Fathers are alive and well and living ... in Honduras.

*sigh*

Posted by: Nighthawk at November 30, 2009 06:27 AM (OtQXp)

35 Ergie is consistant. He consistantly sucks. Big dictator fan, he is.

Posted by: nikkolai at November 30, 2009 06:29 AM (My1PP)

36

Good ol' Ergie. Got nothin' and proud of it.

Except the gallons of Sandinista semen still fermenting in his belly.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at November 30, 2009 06:30 AM (ujg0T)

37 A Right-wing dictator steals Honduras from the trembling hands of the Honduran People. Well, this surely spells doom for the endangered Honduran glaciers.

Posted by: eman at November 30, 2009 06:31 AM (X5rHW)

38

I think your Spanish translation is a little off, Drew.  The Honduran people didn't say:  "Hell, NO!", they said:  "Dear Commie President O-Fucktard:  Please go gargle Hillary Clinton's balls.  Fuck you, cordially, The Hondurans."

Posted by: Sharkman at November 30, 2009 06:32 AM (Zj8fM)

39 As Thomas Jefferson said, recognizing the results of an election would be above my pay grade.

Posted by: t-bird at November 30, 2009 06:32 AM (FcR7P)

40 The elections were unmonitored

Our's too, alas.

Posted by: toby928 at November 30, 2009 06:33 AM (PD1tk)

41

The elections were unmonitored, fool.

Thousands of deceased, fraudulent, or illegal alien voters registered by ACORN could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at November 30, 2009 06:35 AM (ujg0T)

42 This is the best I can find on whether we have recognized it:

The State Department called the vote "a necessary and important step forward" after results came in on Sunday but did not say whether Washington would explicitly recognize Lobo's victory over ruling party candidate Elvin Santos.

Brazil, which is increasingly flexing its muscles as its economy becomes more powerful, refuses to recognize the vote.

I think what happened is that one of the commie advisers that Obama has gave him some bad advice on the "coup" and he could not backtrack without looking like an idiot.

Keep in mind that most of the S.A. countries are now run by leftists, as is the U.S.



Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 06:35 AM (CDUiN)

43 Think Obama is starting to read the tea leaves? The signs are all bad for his political future. I hope he is too much of a narcissist to notice.

Posted by: nikkolai at November 30, 2009 06:35 AM (My1PP)

44 But who cares about democracy?

Certainly not you, who's never seen a Marxist thugocracy, Central American or otherwise, you didn't lovingly support.

You're on the wrong side of history again, erg. As always.

Go weep in front of your Stalin shrine, you jackbooted dipshit.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 30, 2009 06:36 AM (GEBXA)

45

Good old Drewsie. Rightwing Central American dictatorships make you wet.

The elections were unmonitored, fool.

But who cares about democracy?

Apparently not Obama. He's a big fan of communism.
Besides, wasn't Jimmy Carter there in spirit like he wasn't in Iran?

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 06:36 AM (4tf69)

46

Think Obama is starting to read the tea leaves? The signs are all bad for his political future. I hope he is too much of a narcissist to notice.

He's too busy trying to figure out how that "Be tolerant of anyone with a muslim-sounding last name" thing is back firing.

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 06:38 AM (4tf69)

47

Yes, only the presence of Jimmy Carter can make an election legit.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at November 30, 2009 06:38 AM (Be4xl)

48 So Zelaya didn't have the Army on his side.  He didn't have his own party. He didn't have the Supreme Court.  Hell, he didn't even have his own Cabinet or VP!  All he had was some street thugs and some socialist buddies in high places, like Chavez, LuLa, Castro, BHO and Ortega.

Posted by: Roach Sanderson at November 30, 2009 06:39 AM (Gzb30)

49 We can't recognize the legitimacy of this election but, we sure as hell sign off on Iran and palestine elections?

Democracy? Never heard of it.
/s/
Democratic Party


Posted by: jimmuy at November 30, 2009 06:41 AM (EzcbY)

50 ""I think your Spanish translation is a little off, Drew.  The Honduran people didn't say:  "Hell, NO!", they said:  "Dear Commie President O-Fucktard:  Please go gargle Hillary Clinton's balls.  Fuck you, cordially, The Hondurans."""



Too funny, I almost swallowed my cigarette on that one.

Posted by: Berserker at November 30, 2009 06:44 AM (gWHrG)

51 Good old Drewsie. Rightwing Central American dictatorships make you wet. Projection overruled, Ramon. Zelaya was attempting to establish himself as dictator. One and done is the law in Honduras. Zelaya attempted to place himself above the law.

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2009 06:44 AM (4Kl5M)

52
The elections were unmonitored, fool.

And God knows the Hondurans can't hold an election without the Carter Center to hold their hands, right, erg? Now, do you believe that because you consider the Hondurans to be subhuman, because you think they're inherently corrupt, or because you think the approval of an international organization is required to make a vote legitimate?

How's the job at the education department, BTW? Still totally failing to educate kids?

Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 30, 2009 06:46 AM (ZJ/un)

53 I just hope whenever Ace flames Ergastroenteritis's ass I'm on the board watching.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at November 30, 2009 06:47 AM (aC0uO)

54 How are we going to get Jimmy Carter to all of the inner cities in America during the next election? What happens when Jimmy goes to the big red square if malaise in the sky? Do all elections become "unmonitored"? Perhaps Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers can take over for him.

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 06:48 AM (4tf69)

55 The AP story this morning kept repeating "coup."
Friggin holsters.

Posted by: the real joe at November 30, 2009 06:49 AM (rFTt2)

56 Oblama is gonna give a statement.....

wait for it.......

wait for it......


"The honduran people acted stupidly"

Posted by: Berserker at November 30, 2009 06:49 AM (gWHrG)

57 Obama is worried big time about this.  What will he do if the Amaricans turn on him and vote him out of office.  What will he do? Socialists do not turn over their office unless of course, it is for another socialist. Turning it back to a Constitutionalist or Conservative is not allowed in their one world government agenda. It is their way, or chaos will result. It can be nothing less then that.

Posted by: mystry at November 30, 2009 06:50 AM (kmgIE)

58 58 He can just do what Al Gore did and become the face of a communist farce. It's lucrative and will keep M'chelle in sneakers and Tuscan kale.

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 06:53 AM (4tf69)

59 What will he do if the Amaricans turn on him and vote him out of office?

The plans for the 150-foot statue of him are already on hold due to the dangerous lift predicted as moderate winds interact with the ears.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at November 30, 2009 06:56 AM (aC0uO)

60

"I almost swallowed my cigarette on that one."

Smoking is dangerous!

Posted by: Sharkman at November 30, 2009 07:00 AM (Zj8fM)

61 Chelsea is engaged. Webb Hubble must be so excited.

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2009 07:03 AM (4tf69)

Posted by: Larry Braverman at November 30, 2009 07:05 AM (KOkrW)

63

Notice how nobody in the MSM mentions that this result was in effect the people of Honduras telling the President of the US to kiss their asses?

Even if it wasn't that, there is absolutely no doubt that the MSM would have spun it that way if we had a Republican President in office. 

Democrat in office - totally different spin.  We are now graciously considering approving of the Hondurans decision.  Aren't we just so wonderful and enlightened?

Hell, this will probably cause Tom Freidman will write about our greatness again in the NYT.

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2009 07:05 AM (iXWYc)

64 Man, this sucks.

I have to learn Spanish and go to some island somewhere because the jackhole pinrod dolt infesting my white house thinks he is Lenin's long lost great grandson.

Ugh. Again thanks ever so much, you roaming 'tard herd 52.

Posted by: buster mcDissenter at November 30, 2009 07:08 AM (zN9bC)

65 With Owe-bama in the White House, working to limit our freedoms, it's hard to say, "America- F*ck Yeah!", but I'll say, "Freedom- F*ck Yeah!"

Posted by: GregInSeattle at November 30, 2009 07:15 AM (B5cM9)

66 I'm serious: what happens to Mel? Does he walk out of the Brazilian embassy and get tossed in the Honduran pokey for aggravated asshattery, mopery and dopery on the high seas and conspiracy to lurk with intent to gawk? Or does he do a quick vanishing act into the belly of the Venezuelan beast? Or does he go to Nicaragua and cause his good buddy Danny a bunch of problems?

Posted by: mojo at November 30, 2009 07:16 AM (g1cNf)

67

I have to learn Spanish and go to some island somewhere because the jackhole pinrod dolt infesting my white house thinks he is Lenin's long lost great grandson.

Speakign of which, is the idea of a Moron Meetup on Roatan still a go?

Posted by: Curmudgeon at November 30, 2009 07:25 AM (ujg0T)

68 Viva Honduras!

For the first time in my adult life I was genuinely ashamed of America when we leaned on a tiny country and long-time ally to prevent them having an election and instead installing the crazy tinfoil guy as dictator.  All in a ploy to suck up to Chavez.

They did the right thing.  Best of luck to them, because we suck as an ally at present.

Posted by: Urquhart at November 30, 2009 08:53 AM (Y/yU3)

69

Ergie is consistant. He consistantly sucks. Big dictator fan, he is.

Big DICK fan is more like it.

Posted by: hutch1200 at November 30, 2009 09:13 AM (MLETe)

70 So when is Barry going to apologize to the Hondurans for 'meddling in their affairs'?

Posted by: GarandFan at November 30, 2009 09:28 AM (ZQBnQ)

71 This troll is as stupid as palin steele, only less entertainingly so.

Posted by: logprof at November 30, 2009 09:48 AM (I3Udb)

72 FACISM WINS AGAIN! *SIGH*

Posted by: KayInMaine at November 30, 2009 10:42 AM (2tQqk)

73 Fascism = Election results I don't like

*shrug*

Posted by: KrazyKayInMaine de Blog at November 30, 2009 11:10 AM (FqeP1)

74

Honduras:  The template for action when socialists seek to undermine a constitutional democracy.   

This was a victory for liberty and sadly the United States of Obama was on the wrong side. 

Posted by: California Red at November 30, 2009 12:17 PM (7uWb8)

75 "Obama's reaction to the Honduran crisis is a black mark on our country bu all of that is a story for another day. " BLACK MARK! BLACK MARK! By the power vested in me I officially announce this post RACIST!

Posted by: Al Sharpton at November 30, 2009 01:36 PM (mR/yZ)

76 Is Kay in Maine a froll, or the real deal?

Posted by: logprof at November 30, 2009 01:44 PM (I3Udb)

77 VIVA freedom for Honduras!
Curses on Obama and his Fascism!

Posted by: Eric at November 30, 2009 02:47 PM (Qc/s6)

78 they say what they must to say and do how they think is wright! it is not bad.

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